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Laline Paull

Autor(a) de The Bees

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About the Author

Laline Paull was born in England. Her parents were first-generation Indian immigrants. She studied English at Oxford, screenwriting in Los Angeles, and theatre in London, where she has had two plays performed at the Royal National Theatre. She is a member of BAFTA and the Writers' Guild of America. mostrar mais She lives in England by the sea with her husband, the photographer Adrian Peacock, and their three children. 'The Bees' is her first novel. It received wide critical acclaim and was chosen as an Amazon Rising Star. This title also made the Baileys Women¿s Prize for Fiction 2015 shortlist. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Laline Paull

The Bees (2014) 1,747 exemplares, 128 críticas
Pod (2022) 118 exemplares, 5 críticas
The Ice (2017) 74 exemplares, 7 críticas


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th century
Locais de residência
Hastings, England, UK
Oxford University



4.5 if I could. An absolute pleasure!
trainsparrow | 127 outras críticas | Apr 29, 2024 |
Quite interesting
zjakkelien | 127 outras críticas | Jan 2, 2024 |
I was given this book by a friend so decided to read it. Although I am a fan of bees, I had received the impression that this book was a bit odd so wouldn't have gone out of my way to read it.

The protagonist Flora 717 is from an untouchables caste called Flora, and is unusual in being able to speak. As such she is plucked by one of the Sage caste, priestesses, from her lowly role and enlisted to tend young bees in the bee nursery for a while. She can produce 'flow' which we are told early on is Royal Jelly (which I knew was fed to infant bees for a short while and if fed longer would produce Queens). However, the bee lifecycle seemed to contradict what I had read previously. As far as I am aware, all the female workers - the majority of the bees in the hive - are sterile so it wouldn't be possible for Flora 717 to produce eggs, and in any case, who is the father of her offspring, as she never mates with anyone, yet late on in the story it transipres that the father of her surviving child has distinguishing characteristics which affect colouring and size etc.

Similarly, from previous reading, bees perform the various roles within the hive, including tending the young, foraging for food, fanning the hive with their wings to regulate temperature etc at different stages of their lifecycle. Whereas in this book, they are born into these roles and Flora 717 is unusual in being able to transcend her alloted place.

It is quite interesting that the Queen is practically worshipped and that the main form of control is through pheromones. Also the portrayal of the drones is quite interesting. But there isn't much real character development despite the attempt to make a few bees such as the forager who trains Flora, and a less obnoxious drone, more prominent as characters.

The working in of human impacts on the environment - a field contaminated with some kind of spray that kills bees and other wildlife, for example - and the enmity of other creatures, such as wasps and spiders, provide external threats to the hive to bolster the internal threats to Flora who is in danger of being exterminated by the police bees if her true difference and 'deviance' in laying her own eggs is discovered. Yet even here the viewpoint is confused - when she encounters humans in what appears to be a sweet warehouse she is able to comprehend that they are driving vehicles etc when such contrivances should be beyond her comprehension.

I found that overall the book failed to convince. The bees are sometimes portrayed as the alien/different creatures they are, and sometimes are all too human. I was willing to suspend disbelief to the point of accepting talking bees, but when such bees are strutting round wearing clothing, or have produced fine carvings on their walls, it does become a bit difficult to visualise. The book is an easy, page turning read, but given the issues I had with the overall believability of the story, I would rate it as an OK 2 stars.
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kitsune_reader | 127 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
Ea, a dolphin elder, the last of the Longi, looks back on her life.

An interesting story illustrating the different social customs among different types of dolphin and just how brutal they can be, and the impact of "anthrops" on the oceans.
Robertgreaves | 4 outras críticas | Oct 4, 2023 |



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